When you start as scubadiver or freediver you want to catch lot of things and do both photography and Vidéo. But that’s not a great idea. Some put a Go Pro on their underwater Housings to get both. But let’s talk about that
Video : first when you do videos underwater the first thing you need to think is not moving, shaking your camera. The moment you catch must be very stable. You have to make various plan of a situation wide angle and narrow, think about a story to tell, talk about a specie or a place. And music is also very important point to put in another dimension your videos. Dude you are creating a movie. I like thinking today who wants to be creative can, we have today all we need for that smartphone, drone, camera, software are very easy to use and more affordable than ever before. For video you need action, movement, variation of speed slow down slow slow etc choose your rythme it’s your story. Don’t run after species let them come to you, wait be patient. A good scene is about finding interactions. For myself I don’t like video about a specie then another and another even if the shots are great for me it’s not a video but a photo interactive. Tell a story!!! You are going to the same place cause you love it explain why, you love a specie why this specie is so particular to you, you made a great encounter with a fantastic guide explain why others need to go with him, you are in underwater sport explain your passion to your sport and how to practice it.
Photo : my first love was for videos. What I love is movement of animal but learning photography and underwater photography can also be a great things to do. You will learning to use Manual mode of your camera and impact of ISO, aperture and shutter speed on your image even in video. So it’s a great way to get great video images after a good photography practicing. As I told you in. Precedent article photography need more patient and loneliness than videos. You need to wait the moment, you need to think before going down what picture you want. And you need to be more artistic than in video. Without a good skills of camera use you can’t do great things even with good camera. You need to play Raw and when you shoot think about your editing in your photography software the better you do underwater the less you will have to crop, retouching, relighting on your software. The less you crop the bigger you can print, best selling price you can get cause big printing brings much money. When you are underwater think about editing, do your editing underwater. It’s also a great way to be competitive in wildlife photography. You also need to make a cruel choice what kind of picture you want to catch today…… macro ok macro and then a big manta ray front of you. Appreciate how lucky you are to be there front of magic animal and go to your macro shoot. You bring wide and find only nudibranchies. That’s the game. But when stars are aligned believe me you will get great pictures. You can take a lens like 24-105 but it’s not wide at all or macro at all don’t think about compromises in your art think about your result, your willing. The compromise you can made it’s two get two cameras with a good buddy carry one for you.